The significance of Dev Deepawali lies in the belief that on this day, the gods and goddesses descend to the Earth to bathe in the sacred Ganges River. Devotees celebrate this occasion by lighting thousands of earthen lamps along the ghats (steps leading down to the river) and offering prayers to Lord Shiva.
The Ganges River is considered particularly auspicious during this time, and devotees take a holy dip in the river to cleanse themselves of sins. The entire city of Varanasi is adorned with lights and decorations, creating a breathtaking and spiritual atmosphere.
One of the main attractions of Dev Deepawali is the Ganga Aarti, a grand ceremony held on the ghats. During this ceremony, priests perform rituals, chant hymns, and offer prayers to the river. Thousands of earthen lamps, placed on the steps and floated in the river, create a mesmerizing sight. The entire ghats and the riverbank become a spectacle of light and color.
Dev Deepawali is not only a religious festival but also a cultural event, drawing tourists and pilgrims from different parts of the country and the world. The celebration showcases the rich cultural heritage and spiritual significance of Varanasi, making it a unique and unforgettable experience for those who participate.